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What does 'Computing' mean?


There are three clear aspects of the Primary Computing Curriculum:


  • Computer Science (CS),

  • Information Technology (IT) 

  • Digital Literacy (DL)


The core of computing is Computer Science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use Information Technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become Digitally Literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. ( CAS Primary Computing )


Primary Computing National Curriculum


How is this taught at Butts Primary School?


Schools have the freedom to decide how much time they spend on any aspect of the programme of study, and there’s no implication that the number of bullet points or words should be proportional to the time spent on any aspect, as long as pupils have been taught all the content by the end of the key stage 2.  To suit our themed curriculum, we have modified the published scheme ‘Switched on Computing’,  please see the unit titles below.  




Computing Primary National Curriculum and Glossary